Martin Sabrow: Erich Honecker's First Life. Reconstructing the Youth of a Communist Leader
Date: 15 February 2016
Time: 11 a.m., c.t.
Venue: seminar room of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (Am Planetarium 7)

Further information can be found in the section Seminar.

New Website of the Cultures of History Forum

The content of the Cultures of History Forum has moved to its own website with new design and a range of new texts.

New Publication: Veterans, Victims, and Memory

© Peter Lang

Joanna Wawrzyniak

Peter Lang Edition, Frankfurt am Main 2015

In the vast literature on how the Second World War has been remembered in Europe, research into what happened in communist Poland, a country most affected by the war, is surprisingly scarce. The long gestation of Polish narratives of heroism and sacrifice, explored in this book, might help to understand why the country still finds itself in a "mnemonic standoff" with Western Europe, which tends to favour imagining the war in a civil, post-Holocaust, human rights-oriented way. The specific focus of this book is the organized movement of war veterans and former prisoners of Nazi camps from the 1940s until the end of the 1960s, when the core narratives of war became well established.

Further information can be found in the section Publications of Fellows

Contested Heritage and Identities in Post-Socialist Bulgaria

© Gutenberg Publishing House

Edited by Ana Luleva, Ivanka Petrova and Slavia Barlieva

Gutenberg Publishing House, Sofia 2015

The cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria, as elsewhere in the world, is an arena for confrontation of ideas and interests of different groups, stakeholders, local actors, national and transnational institutions and politics.


The authors of this collection are united around the concept of heritage as primarily a cultural construct that is created in the present and refers to the past. In this perspective, it is defined as a set of ways in which the selected material artifacts, natural objects, memories and traditions become cultural, political and economic resources to the present.

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Rachela Auerbach: Pisma z Getta Warszawskiego [Warsaw Ghetto Writings]

© Zydowski Instytut Historyczny

Opracowanie Karolina Szymaniak

Żydowski Instytut Historyczny, Warszawa 2015

Critical edition of Rachel Auerbach's most important ghetto writings with a 70 pages long introduction, followed by Auerbach's biography. 

Further information can be found in the section Publications of Fellows